Ryan Coogler said he felt uncomfortable directing the second part of Black Panther after the death of lead actor Chadwick Boseman.
he, 36, also broke down in tears during his presentation of Bafta’s David Lean and discussed Boseman, who passed away in 2020 aged 43 from colon cancer and played the Marvel superhero king T. ‘Challa.
He told an audience at Bafta’s Piccadilly headquarters in London on Monday: “I find myself in a position where I don’t (feel comfortable directing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever).
“I’m a director without a lead, tasked with making a movie about a hero when we’ve just lost our hero.
“So the question is, how do you go on when your very existence, your identity, is defined by another person, and you lose them?
“That question prompted us to finish the film.”
Coogler, who directed both critically acclaimed Black Panther films and box office successes, also said he felt “very unworthy” to speak after directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee gave his annual speech in previous years.
“I feel like I’m standing in a place where I probably shouldn’t be,” he said.
“It’s a feeling I’ve grown accustomed to throughout my life and career.”
Both Black Panther and Judas And The Black Messiah, produced by Coogler, were nominated for best picture at the Oscars, and the Marvel superhero film brought in more than US$1 billion (£814,910,000). at the box office.
Coogler added: “I still struggle with doubt, every single day… I’ve been dealing with disappointments, man, like a big chunk of time, and… being a filmmaker is a big deal. (it’s okay) with denial.
“For every acceptance letter, I receive hundreds of thanks from the actors… and the studio.”
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Coogler also said he has a “complicated relationship” with cinema and feels he has a “shared responsibility and opportunity” with other black directors.
He added: “The medium of filmmaking is more than 100 years old, and quite often, for most of that time, great and powerful means of filmmaking have been used against black people, being used. to attack our identity, our sense of self, and our place in the caste systems that exist around us.”
Coogler also talked about enlisting the help of Sylvester Stallone, whom he will be working with on the Rocky Creed spin-off series, so he can see Sir David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia on screen. wide.
“When I was getting ready to be hired to do Black Panther, I knew I wanted to do something with an epic scope,” he said.
“So (me and my wife) reached out to him and asked him if he could screen the print out for us, he was happy.
“(Stallone) talks to me all the time. You know, it’s amazing.”
David Lean’s lecture continues the legacy of the late director, one of the founders of the British Film Academy, as it was then called, in 1947.
It is funded by the David Lean Foundation, which supports and encourages excellence in British filmmaking.
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